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Molecular and Cellular Physiology

Chair: Richard S. Lewis

Professors: Axel T. Brunger, Brian K. Kobilka, Richard S. Lewis, W. James Nelson, Stephen J. Smith, Richard W. Tsien, William Weis

Associate Professors: Christopher Garcia, V. Daniel Madison

Assistant Professors: Miriam Goodman, Merritt Maduke

Courtesy Associate Professors: Stefan Heller, John Huguenard, Anson W. Lowe, Tony Ricci

Courtesy Assistant Professor: Richard J. Reimer

Department Offices: Beckman Center, B100

Mail Code: 94305-5345

Phone: (650) 725-7554


Web Site:

Courses offered by the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology have the subject code MCP, and are listed in the "Molecular and Cellular Physiology [MCP] Courses" section of this bulletin.

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology is located in the Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine.

A central goal of physiology in the post-genomic era is to understand how thousands of encoded proteins serve to bring about the highly coordinated behavior of cells and tissues. Research in the department approaches this goal at many levels of organization, ranging from single molecules and individual cells to multicellular systems and the whole organism. The faculty share common interests in the molecular mechanisms of cell signaling and behavior, with a special focus on structure/function analysis of ion channels and G-protein coupled receptors, and their roles at the cellular, organ, and whole-organism levels; the molecular basis of sensory transduction, synaptic transmission, plasticity and memory; the role of ion channels and calcium in controlling gene expression in neural and immune cells; and the regulation of vesicle trafficking and targeting, cell polarity, and cell-cell interactions in the nervous system and in epithelia. Research programs employ a wide range of approaches, including molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, biophysics, x-ray crystallography and solution NMR, electrophysiology, and in vitro and in vivo imaging with confocal and multi-photon microscopy.

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